Pittsburgh Pirates: Magical Season Due to Zoltan and "Dude, Where's My Car?"

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 6, 2012

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The near Oscar-worthy film "Dude, Where's My Car?" is the reason the Pittsburgh Pirates are having such a great season, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

My God, I want to take this story to lunch and have a cordial conversation with it. Then I want to take this story and give it a long goodbye hug, because it's that damn adorable. 

The Pirates are 10 games above .500 and barring a weekend meltdown, should head into the All-Star break with a hold of first place in the National League Central. 

For non-basbeall fans out there, this is the equivalent of pigs learning to fly or Zune players making a comeback. 

According to the report, the Pirates have found camaraderie by rallying around one of the stupidest movies I happen to own. 

Yeah, I own "Dude, Where's My Car?". Let's fight about it. 

"It all started in Atlanta when we were watching [television] in the clubhouse, and there was nothing we wanted to watch," said second baseman Neil Walker, recalling the last weekend in April. "We saw 'Dude, Where's My Car?' And guys were like 'Oh, we haven't seen this in a while.' So we watched it.

"It was just so terrible and stupid. We just pulled that from it. It's just kind of our team way of bonding, I guess."

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I agree emphatically the movie is both terrible and stupid. Some may conjure enough emotion to label the movie terribly stupid, but I call these people grumpy, and we don't like said grouches all that much. 

Here is the video clip with the now Pirates-friendly Zoltan call. 

Yes, even Phillies fans may want to dig deep and offer a Zoltan at some point today. 

The report written by Dan Majors then delves into the psychology behind the movie mantra. In short, the team is having fun and playing with one shared meaning. 

That's a little kumbaya for my taste. I would rather concentrate on who has the Continuum Transfunctioner, a device whose mystery is only exceeded by its power.

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